Religious Studies

Department Information

Welcome to Religious Studies.
We are a high achieving and popular department and our students enjoy the lessons. Students at Rodillian study Religious Studies (RS) as a compulsory subject in Year 7 and 8. They then have the option to select the subject in Year 9 as a Pre Option level and again at GCSE Level in year 10 or 11.
Students are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and the beliefs of others. As well as developing literacy skills, we aim to foster an attitude of respect and understanding for those around us, both in the classroom and in our community. Our teaching style is centred on students being creative and thinking outside of the box, and we place a great deal of emphasis on the enjoyment of our subject.

Year 7:

In year 7 we give our students an introduction to Religious Studies lessons at Rodillian Academy. Students are encouraged to be open about their beliefs and opinions but to respect that there is diversity and to understand others may be different to them. Throughout year 7 we study the topics of Guidelines for Living, Superheroes, Hinduism and Ultimate Questions.

Year 8:

In Year 8 RE we now teach a cross curricular contextual curriculum. This encapsulates the wider issues within RE taught from the perspective of the media within a set theme. Students are able to contextualise their understanding of the topics studied by linking the learning to real life issues and explore each theme across all Humanities subjects.

Year 9:

This is a pre option year where students study a range of topics including: Is Religion Dangerous? Religion in the Media, Philosophy and Ethics in Society, the Holocaust, Diversity and Life and Death.

Year 10 and 11 GCSE (Two Year Course):

Eduqas RE full course GCSE

This course will engage students in a range of issues facing contemporary society, building skills in debate and discussion, critical thought as well as analysing alternative views. They will also be looking in depth at the history and practice of these religious traditions and their impact on believers and culture too. The qualification is 100% examination

Component 1

33.33%

Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world

  1. Issues of RelationshipsWhat is a family? Roles of men and women in the family, The nature and purpose of marriage, Cohabitation, Adultery, Divorce, Remarriage, Attitudes to sex, Attitudes to contraception, Gender equality, prejudice and discrimination  
  2. Issues of Life and DeathReligious and scientific perspectives on the origins of the world, The design argument, Stewardship, What makes us human? When does life begin? Abortion, Euthanasia and life after death
  3. Issues of Good and EvilCrime and Punishment, Prison, Death Penalty, Forgiveness and Evil and Suffering
  4. Issues of Human RightsHuman rights, Social justice, Prejudice and discrimination and Racism, Wealth and Poverty
  5. Issues of Relationships What is a family? Roles of men and women in the family, The nature and

Component 2

33.33%

Christianity

Beliefs and Teachings: The nature of God, why is there evil and suffering? Creation, The life of Jesus, The afterlife

Practices: Forms of worship, Importance of prayer, Baptism, Eucharist, Celebrations Pilgrimage and the role of the Church

Component 3

33.3%

Islam

Beliefs and Teachings: The Islamic community, The foundations of the faith, The Nature of God, Life after Death, The Prophet Muhammad and Judgement

Practices: The 5 pillars of Islam, Charity, Hajj, Jihad and festivals

 

Religious Studies A Level

 

What is the course content?

This course is a two-year academic qualification which allows you to develop your knowledge of the main religious philosophical for the existence of God and ethical arguments which are behind the functioning of society.  It encourages debate and argument and requires you to think logically and explore your own beliefs.

You will study the following Components over two years:

 

Component 1: Christianity 33.33%

This component can help you to understand our culture as never before.  Even the famous atheist Richard Dawkins said ‘RE is important as you cannot understand culture without it’. Studying this component will give you an understanding of popular films at a high level such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Narnia and Harry Potter, in fact the 7th book has the characters running round looking for Bible passages on tombstones and there is also a scene in The Deathly Hallows which has so many similarities to the resurrection of Jesus. Another important reason for the study of Christianity is that the other components of Philosophy and Ethics will become much easier with an understanding of Christianity. Furthermore, studying Christianity helps us to reflect on what we should take with us in the future and gives us the tools to work out what to do for ourselves as the best types of society learns from the past. Christianity is also responsible for our values and our guidance. Some of the topics that our current and previous students have enjoyed are: Religion Vs Science, The UK is no longer a Christian society, Pluralism, Feminism, Liberation Theology, Migration and Resurrection and the impact that it had on the early Christians.    

 

 

Component 2: Philosophy 33.33%

 

The Philosophy component is always a very popular one, where students can really get into a deep level of thinking and be challenged by the key philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God. Students in particular have enjoyed the study of The Cosmological Argument which is a topic that evaluates whether the universe being here is evidence of God being the first cause of its creation, The Teleological Argument, which evaluates whether there is evidence of design in our world and whether this evidence proves that God was the designer. The Problem of Evil, which investigates the philosophical problem of evil and the responses to it, A Study of Freud and Marx which allows research into a study the psychological and sociological attacks on religion of Freud and the sociological attacks on religion of Marx and Religious Experiences and Miracles, which investigates whether people’s testimonies of religious experiences and miracles prove God’s existence and whether the argument would convince an atheist.

 

Component 3: Ethics: 33.33%

 

The Ethics component encourages students to think about how our society has been affected by ethical beliefs and to what extent they are used today. It equips students with the tools to apply the key ethical theories to contemporary issues in our current society such as homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, immigration and the use of nuclear weapons as a deterrent. The popular ethical theories which we study are Utilitarianism, which is a non-religious ethical theory that investigates whether we should do the greatest good for the greatest number in a moral dilemma, Situation Ethics, which investigates whether doing the most loving thing in a situation always gets the best results, Natural Moral Law, which is an ethical theory that still underpins the Catholic Church today, Divine Command Ethics which investigates the argument that what God commands is moral authority whilst considering the examples in the Bible of God commanding immoral acts and finally Free Will and Determinism which investigates whether we are free beings with the gift and curse to make our own decisions or whether we are determined beings from either God, our genes, psychological conditioning or a series of past causes and if this is the case can we blame anyone for any evil act they perform because they had no control.

 

How is the course assessed?

Students complete three examination papers at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework for this qualification.

 

Future Opportunities

 

An A Level and degree in Religious Studies is a sought-after qualification by almost every employer due to its multi-faceted approach, which develops interpersonal skills. Open-mindedness, objective reasoning, problem-solving, evaluation and tolerance are all fostered by this course, creating a well rounded student, capable of taking on a range of professions. It is particularly suited to those who seek a career in law, psychology, public services, medicine, business, journalism and teaching.

 

Key Contact

 

For further information, please contact:
Mrs S O’Brien: [email protected]
Mr A Amoss: [email protected]

 

Clubs:

Intervention classes take place in the department from 2:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There are also revision classes leading up to the exam as well as in the Easter holidays.

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice:

www.edexcel.com

www.ethicsonline.org

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